Make a Splash with These Kid-Friendly Valentines Ideas

By Lauren Caggiano on February, 4 2021
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Ahhh…Valentine’s Day…a day to celebrate love in all forms. This year might look different with the pandemic, but you can still help your kids express themselves creatively with these DIY out-of-the-box Valentines in all shapes and forms. From toddler-friendly to more involved, here are some projects to consider on this occasion:

DIY Valentines for Kids

Treat Bags

Who says Valentines have to be in card form? Besides, who doesn’t love getting candy? These treat bags are sure to be a hit in any classroom. Just be sure to take into account any food allergies, like nuts, when choosing the sweets. Check out these treat bags

Playdough Valentines

You probably have fond memories of playing with playdough endlessly as a child. Share the love with a homemade version that smells as good as it’s entertaining. And the best part? You can make this in under 5 minutes. Easy peasy!

Bubble Valentines

Sweets aren’t the only option when it comes to choosing a novelty. While candy Valentines are always fun, it’s nice to mix it up a bit and give their friends something new to play with. Bubble Valentines, anyone? This blogger shows you how to make this inexpensive gift.

“Orange You Glad” Valentines

Brace yourself — this one is on the corny side. Playful and easy to make, this “Orange you glad” message is sure to put a smile on the recipient’s face. Go here for the DIY!

Handprint Lion Card “You’re A-Rawr-Able”

If you have a toddler at home, this one is sure to keep them engaged. Gather card stock, paint, glue, marker and scissors and you have yourself an easy craft. See the full instructions for this adorable lion card. 

Valentine S’mores

Sweets for the sweet? If you are on a time crunch, we’ve got you with this one. Simple and no mess, s’mores can be ready in minutes! This is the perfect Valentine’s Day treat to give to your kids’ classmates, coworkers and friends. Voila!

Cut-Paper Flower Card

You don’t have to choose between candy or flowers when you have this option that combines the best of both worlds. Forget store-bought cards when you can make your own!

Bee My Valentine Card

We love a good pun just as much as anyone. This one has more to offer than humor, however. The chapstick is a nice touch, especially when winter dries out skin. See the full project here. 

Candy Huggers

This is one darling Valentine’s project. Your little ones will love sharing these with their classmates! Simply download the template and your kids will have fun bringing this concept to life.

Star Wars Valentines

Any Star Wars fans out there? These simple Valentines can be used on a package of Tic Tacs. Download the printable template and you’re in business!

Tulip in a Heart Pop-Up Card

We may be several weeks away from the official start of spring, but this will channel the spirit of the spring. This blogger’s kid-friendly tutorial will help you bring this 3-D card to life.

You Make My Heart Pop!

Who doesn't love popcorn? Check out this free printable Valentine’s card to give as gifts to the kids at school — or colleagues at work.